Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge

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Dump the bucket

Thousands of households in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (and around the state) have expensive hauled water and sewer that can be as high as $0.70 per gallon. Even in Bethel, the most popular haul rate is a staggering $344.10 month. Expensive hauled water forces many families to ration water – and that can create unhealthy living conditions.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) is crowdfunding a project to test a greywater recycling unit re-treating water in the home for non-potable uses. YKHC hopes this would decrease the number of hauls and make hauled water/sewer affordable.

Check out their website for more information about the project, and to sign up for receiving updates: www.dumpthebucket.org.

Check out the link below to their Indiegogo campaign to learn more about the project and to help support the cause: www.indiegogo.com/at/dumpthebucket.

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Alternative Approaches to Sanitation in Kivalina, Alaska

Kivalina has a population of little over 402. Over the past decade, the storms have increased in intensity and frequency, threatening the long term sustainability of the community in their current location. Thus, the residents of Kivalina have made the choice to move to the mainland – an endeavor which will take years or even decades to complete. Despite the desire to relocate, the community still has sanitation needs. Due to limited availability of potable water, residents today ration water and use a self-haul honey bucket system for sewage although there is no approved location for honeybucket disposal. There is still a need for an improved means of sanitation for the residents at their current location. The project intends to identify sanitation improvements for the Kivalina residents. Kivalina, approximately 80 air miles from Kotzebue, is at the tip of an 8-mile barrier reef located between the Chukchi Two tidal inlets define the island—the Singuak Entrance at the southern end of the village, and the Kivalik Inlet five miles northwest of the village. The island is approximately 2,400 ft wide near the townsite.

Water rationing practices of local residents increases the chances of contracting skin infections. Exposure to raw sewage during the spring means that community members are exposed to fecal coliform bacteria, such as E. Coli.

Therefore, the project intent is to evaluate improvements that reflect the limited water supply available to the community, which will minimize or even eliminate the need for additional water storage. This means that traditional piped sanitation systems will not be considered; rather, the emphasis will be on low water use infrastructure close to the end users.


Project Partners:
The National Tribal Water Center
ANTHC - Division of Community Health
Clinical and Research Services
Cold Climate Housing Research Center


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